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TPG-Vodafone decision pushed back to April

23 Jan 2019
TpgNews

A regulatory decision on whether or not to allow TPG and Vodafone’s proposed merger to proceed is now not expected until mid-April due to a delay in receiving information from the two telcos.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said today that it had been forced to push back its consideration of the merger.

“[The] timeline [for a decision has been] suspended due to [a] delay in receiving information from [the] merger parties,” it said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

Vodafone pays IBM $550M in 5G driven cloud services deal

20 Jan 2019
VodafoneNews

Vodafone is teaming up with IBM to offer businesses a way to link different cloud computing systems to support the next wave of digital advances, such as machine learning, on super-fast fifth-generation telecoms networks.

As part of the deal, the telecoms operator will pay US$550 million to IBM under an eight-year managed-services agreement that will offer tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to networked businesses.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

Telstra tower at Gosse waiting for power connection

19 Jan 2019
TelstraNews

Kangaroo Island residents in the Gosse and Stokes Bay area may have noticed improved mobile phone coverage in recent weeks.

Telstra has been conducting tests on its new Gosse/Stokes Bay Telstra mobile phone tower at Roo Lagoon on the Playford Highway west of Parnadana.

But the tower won’t be permanently switched on until it is connected to the power network, which should happen by the end of the month, according to a Telstra spokesperson.

To continue reading the article: click here. (theislanderonline.com.au)

Telstra outage in Lockington continues

19 Jan 2019
TelstraNews

LOCKINGTON and Bamawm residents have been left without Telstra mobile phone service for about two days as a cable on a cell tower has been damaged.

A Telstra spokesperson said the company was aware of an issue impacting 3G and 4G mobile and landline services, including both voice and data.

“We had technicians onsite yesterday (Wednesday) but due to the complex nature of the repair work, a specialist crew was brought in and is currently onsite working to restore services,” the spokesperson said.

“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and understand the frustration this can cause.”

To continue reading the article: click here. (riverineherald.com.au)

Optus prepares to launch 5G-based fixed wireless

17 Jan 2019
OptusNews

Optus today said that it had successfully made a 5G data call on 60MHz of its 3.5GHz spectrum.

The telco said the call, made from a site in the Canberra suburb of Dickson, used commercial 5G radio network and customer premises equipment (CPE) from Nokia.

Optus said that the Nokia 5G CPE has a high gain antenna, and can be used to deliver a service in residential areas.

 

“This is the first time in Australia that a data call has been made using 60MHz channel bandwidth on an Optus live network and a 5G device,” said Optus managing director, networks, Dennis Wong.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Telstra says it has cut deals to be first to offer 5G phones

17 Jan 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra has announced that it has signed exclusive deals with unspecified companies to offer 5G smartphones to its customers in the first half of the year.

The company's chief executive, Andrew Penn, told a media conference at the CES technology show in Las Vegas on Thursday, that these would be some of the "world's biggest brands".

Last year, Telstra said that the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson would be its main partner in the rollout of its 5G network.

“The 5G revolution is now very real. More than 200 Telstra 5G mobile base stations are now online across the nation and our customers will very soon be among the first in the world to experience the possibilities this revolutionary technology can deliver,” Penn said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Busy hour speeds for NBN fixed wireless 'likely to mislead'

17 Jan 2019
NbnNews

Speeds on NBN Co’s fixed wireless network are “extremely variable” and therefore not conducive to being measured and reported on in the same manner as fixed-line services, an internet industry body says.

The comments [pdf], made by Communications Alliance, are in response to a proposal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to make retail service providers disclose more data about fixed wireless when making a sale.

The internet industry has widely adopted marketing guidance by the ACCC to disclose typical busy hour speeds for NBN services.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

Residents nervously await results of Mobile Black Spot Programme

17 Jan 2019
InTheNews

Kanimbla Valley residents are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Mobile Black Spot Programme Round Four after applications closed on January, 10. 

The Australian Government announced mid last year it had allocated $25 million of Mobile Black Spot Program funding towards a fourth round, to improved mobile coverage to regional communities across Australia.

Applications closed on January 10 for telecommunication companies to submit their applications to the Federal Government. 

To continue reading the article: click here. (lithgowmercury.com.au)

There is an app for that, but mobile phone blackspots are holding Australian farmers back

16 Jan 2019
InTheNews

Many farmers now use apps to control watering systems, monitor their crops and animals and even close gates, but mobile phone blackspots in regional areas are playing havoc with that technology.

When Tasmanian farmer Scott Bowden wants to turn an irrigator on at his farm at Bothwell in the central highlands, he reaches for an app on his mobile phone.
Country mobile phone and internet bandwidth forces residents online in the middle of the night

If the drudgery of your job seems bad, imagine having to wake up at 3:00am to get bookkeeping done, because that is the only time when there is enough bandwidth to process online accounts.

"It's so nice to be able to start and stop a pivot from your phone," Mr Bowden said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (abc.net.au)

Phone tower anxiety is real and we're worrying ourselves sick

16 Jan 2019
InTheNews

Are mobile phones making us sick? Decades of scientific research has found no evidence of any adverse health effects but still the public remains concerned.

Even studies looking at long-term damage, such as brain cancer, have not found evidence of increased harm.

Yet, the debate rages on.

Fuelled by misinformation, scepticism and a complex psychological phenomenon known as the nocebo effect, it's little wonder this contentious issue persists, particularly given wireless technologies are so pervasive.

To continue reading the article: click here. (abc.net.au)

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